If it takes two to tango, it takes a few more to get a real community dialog flowing. Below is the Changing Aging post-of-the-week from Dorothea in response to Cheney-Care. Dorothea didn’t just comment, she told us how it is. Folks, this topic is worth a few more comments.
Personally, I am very pessimistic that we will ever create a national health care system in this country. I don’t understand this paradox – Americans are extremely charitable and giving people. This is evident by the number of volunteer organizations, numerous charitable causes, and the daily stories of heroic efforts by individual people who would give the shirt off their back to help others in need.
Yet, when it comes to the notion of getting together as a nation to formulate a plan that provides a basic human right to health care for all, we are at each others’ throats in conflict. Do we really think that we are that invincible? That our pitiful middle class wages are sufficient to help us in a health crisis? Do we really think that by moving into the suburbs, placing our kids in a private school, and holding two jobs to pay for it, that we can “protect” ourselves from the rest of the nation’s problems?
There is something inherently wrong with our collective consciousness and sensibility when we fail to see that this is not just a moral issue but an economic one as well. And that it affects all of us, no matter how hard we try to hide and avoid it.
One of the morning shows on NPR ran a segment yesterday talking about the national fury that a leak to the German press caused last week. You see, the citizens there are angry about a recent disclosure of the salaries of car maker Porsche’s Management Board. The German nation was outraged to learn that the average take home pay for a CEO of their top 30 publicly traded companies is $6 million.
The average director in Germany makes about 8 times the salary of a skilled worker. In our country, this ratio is 200. Germans think of this as a moral outrage where as we consider it to be a positive value of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Similarly, our strong sense of individualism and self-reliance (certainly values with a lot of merit) has blinded us to the fact that, at the very core, we are completely dependent on each other for survival. Whether we see this or not, it’s true.